The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


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24th May, 2015

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Letter on Fr McDaniels' Retirement.
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PENTECOST NOVENA
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From the Parish Priest’s desk.

This is the continuation of the final chapter of The Great Heresies (with acknowledgement to EWTN’s on line library), first published in 1938.

Devotedly in Our Lord,

Fr Glen Tattersall, PP.

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Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies. Chapter VII: The Modern Phase.

Now against the evil of wage-slavery there has been long proposed and is now working hard, in actual function, a certain remedy. The briefest name for it is Communism: slavery to the State: far more advanced and thorough than the first form, slavery to the capitalist.

Of modern "wage-slavery" one can only talk by metaphor; the man working at a wage is not fully free as is the man possessed of property; he must do as his master tells him, and when his condition is that not of a minority nor even of a limited majority, but of virtually the whole population except a comparatively small capitalist class, the proportion of real freedom in his life dwindles indeed_yet legally it is there. The employee has not yet fallen to the status of the slave even in the most highly industrialized communities. His legal status is still that of a citizen. In theory he is still a free man who has contracted with another man to do a certain amount of work for a certain amount of pay. The man who contracts to pay may or may not be making a profit out of it; the man who contracts to work may or may not receive in wages more than the value of what he produces. But both are technically free.

This first form of social evil produced by the modern spirit is rather a tendency to slavery than actual slavery; you may call it a half slavery, if you like, where it attaches to vast enterprises - huge factories, monopolist corporations, and so on. But still it is not full slavery.

Now Communism is full slavery. It is the modern enemy working openly, undisguisedly, and at high pressure. Communism denies God, denies the dignity and therefore the freedom of the human soul, and openly enslaves men to what it calls "the State"_but what is in practice a body of favoured officials.

Under full Communism there would be no unemployment, just as there is no unemployment in a prison. Under full Communism there would be no distress or poverty, save where the masters of the nation chose to starve men or give them insufficient clothing, or in any other way oppress them. Communism worked honestly by officials devoid of human frailties and devoted to nothing but the good of its slaves, would have certain manifest material advantages as compared with a proletarian wage-system where millions live in semi-starvation, and many millions more in permanent dread thereof. But even if it were administered thus Communism would only produce its benefits through imposing slavery.

These are the first fruits of the Modern Attack on the social side, the first fruits appearing in the region of the social structure. We came, before the Church was founded, out of a pagan social system in which slavery was everywhere, in which the whole structure of society reposed upon the institution of slavery. With the loss of the Faith we return to that institution again.

Next to the social fruit of the Modern Attack on the Catholic Church is the moral fruit; which extends of course over the whole moral nature of man. And throughout this field its business so far has been to undermine every form of restraint imposed by human experience acting through tradition.

I say, "so far," because in many parts of morals this rapid dissolution of the bonds must lead to a reaction; human society cannot co-exist with anarchy; new restraints and new customs will arise. Hence those who would point to the modern break-down of sexual morals as the chief effect of the Modern Attack on the Catholic Church are probably in error; for it will not have the most permanent results. Some code, some set of morals, must, in the nature of things, arise; even if the old code is on this point destroyed. But there are other evil effects, which may prove more permanent.

Now to find out what these effects may be, we have a guide. We can consider how men of our blood carried on before the Church created Christendom. What we chiefly discover is this:

That in the realm of morals one thing stands out, the unquestioned prevalence of cruelty in the unbaptized world. Cruelty will be the chief fruit in the moral field of the Modern Attack, just as the revival of slavery will be the chief fruit in the social field.

Here the critic may ask whether cruelty were not more the note of Christian men in the past than it is today. Is not all the history of our two thousand years a history of armed conflict, massacre, judicial tortures and horrible executions, the sack of towns, and all the rest of it?

The reply to this objection is that there is a capital distinction between cruelty exceptional, and cruelty the rule. When men apply cruel punishments, depend on physical power to obtain effects, let loose violence in the passions of war, if all this is done in violation of their own accepted morals, it is one thing; if it is done as part of a whole mental attitude taken for granted, it is another.

Therein lies the radical distinction between this new, modern, cruelty and the sporadic cruelty of earlier Christian times. Not cruel vengeance, nor cruelty in excitement, nor cruelty in punishment against acknowledged evil, nor cruelty in repression of what admittedly must be repressed, is the fruit of an evil philosophy; though such things are excesses or sins they do not come from false doctrine. But the cruelty which accompanies the modern abandonment of our ancestral religion is a cruelty native to the Modern Attack; a cruelty which is part of its philosophy.

The proof lies in this: that men are not shocked at cruelty but indifferent to it. The abominations of the revolution in Russia, extended to those in Spain, are an example in point. Not only did people on the spot receive the horror with indifference, but distant observers do so. There is no universal cry of indignation, there is no sufficient protest, because there is no longer in force the conception that man as man is something sacred. That same force which ignores human dignity also ignores human suffering.

I say again, the Modern Attack on the Faith will have in the moral field a thousand evil fruits, and of these many are apparent today, but the characteristic one, the one presumably the most permanent, is the institution everywhere of cruelty accompanied by a contempt for justice.

The last category of fruits by which we may judge the character of the Modern Attack consists in the fruit it bears in the field of the intelligence - what it does to human reason.


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Vespers of Pentecost, followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, will be celebrated today at 3.30 pm.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider will be visiting Australia in late June and early July. His Lordship will celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 28th June.

If anyone can provide accommodation and/or work for a young man (20 years of age) from Germany, who wishes to improve his English, please contact Fr Tattersall.

Please take a copy of the Pentecost Novena, and pray it either individually, or even better, with your family. This year, we pray especially to the Holy Spirit for His gifts, guidance and protection for marriage and the family, the Synod, and the Holy Father.

The Brisbane Oratory in Formation officially commences this Tuesday (26th May, the Feast of St Philip Neri). Let us pray for God’s abundant blessings upon the project. The four priests and two brothers (including our own Br Shawn Murphy) are now in residence together in Brisbane. Fr Tattersall will be attending the opening.

Easter Duty: a reminder that the law of the Church requires all the Faithful – at least once a year – to receive Holy Communion worthily. Normally, this should be between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, unless for a good reason the duty needs to be fulfilled at some other time during the year.

The Life Coalition invites you to the 2015 Life Dinner with special guest speaker: Mary Doogan, senior midwife, Scotland, UK. Saturday June 27 The right to conscientious objection and the freedom of choice - for all! Time: 7:00 for 7:30 pm, Mannix College, Clayton / tickets $75 each, $60 student which includes two-course meal and drinks ~ R.S.V.P.: Thursday June 18. To register: please fill in form below and mail with payment to: Life Dinner, PO Box 251, Balwyn, Vic. 3103, or online at www.family.org.au/lifedinner2015. Contact Mrs Ann-Maree Kiely ~ Ph: 9816 0800, Mobile: 0447 352 252, Email: amkiely@family.org.au

Three rooms in a share house in Oakleigh (10 minute walk from station and Oakleigh shops). Room price varies from $170-195 per week, depending on room size. Town house is new, clean, with heating and cooling, with one bathroom plus en suite. House is unfurnished. Head tenant is Catholic professional looking for like-minded housemates. For more information contact Johanna on 0431 308 344. 



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